The White House announced that U.S. President Barack Obama will hold "informal talks" with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Washington this week, in the sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit.
I would expect that over the course of the visit, the president will have an opportunity at some point to have at least an informal discussion with President Erdoğan, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters a board.
There obviously is a lot of important work to do with our allies in Turkey ... It also includes continuing to intensify our coordination on key aspects of our counter-ISIL [referring to the Islamic State] strategy, including ramped-up efforts to secure the Turkey-Syria border said Earnest
The Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1 is set to host around 50 world leaders including Erdoğan, who is set to have an official meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
The decision to hold an unofficial meeting does not mean that Erdoğan is ignored, said Earnest.